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Road conditions deteriorating across Inland Northwest

Published On: Dec 24 2013 08:18:48 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 10 2014 04:01:07 PM CST
SPOKANE, Wash. -

As weather conditions rapidly deteriorate across the Inland Northwest, roads around the region are socked in with compact snow and ice and law enforcement agencies are scrambling to keep up with the number of accidents.

In Adams County, a 10-vehicle collision shut down the westbound lanes of I-90 seven miles east of Ritzville just after 1 p.m. One person was taken to the Ritzville Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Spokane County Sheriff's Deputy Craig Chamberlin said there is no estimate as of 3:40 p.m. to the number of collisions deputies have responded to Friday "as the number is constantly going up."

Roadways around the region have been hit with snowfall, impacting driving conditions. On Interstate 90, there is compact snow and ice on I-90 from Grant/Adams County line all the way to Cheney/Four Lakes exit.

On US 2, there is compact snow and ice from Davenport to Reardan and compact snow from Reardan to I-90 interchange.

There is compact snow and ice on US 2 from Spokane to Pend Oreille County line and compact snow and ice on 395 from Spokane to Stevens County line.

In Spokane, the city has confirmed crews are out plowing, de-icing and sanding the roads, with extra crews being called in for Friday night and Saturday.

The Winter Weather Advisory for the Spokane area has been upgraded by the National Weather Service to a Winter Weather Warning, with up to five inches of snow expected in the area.